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listening to this show now, so hot! was so glad to have been ther, possibly one of the last gr8 unencombered quality shows b4 the demise of the 92-95 shows, we'll needless to say would give months wages to c a show like this now ,
Evan S. Hunt -
Subject: Was It All You Could Ask Or Think?
This is an excellent show. Yes, there are performance letdowns and there is a touch of dispirited playing but the recording is so full-on wonderful that it more than makes up for the occasional missing of the mark.
Guitars, Keyboards, Vocals, Bass, Drums = All good. But that BASS! Oh, what a fine Phil fill-up. This is the Hy-Test rocket fuel to this entire show, hey, this is entire year! That's it, "1991, The Year Of The Bass."
And leave us not want to mention the real star of this show: Vince. Despite a few minor mistakes, Welnick contributes an incredibly dual-edged cutting of the proverbial heads both singing and playing; all-keyboard shining with his embellishments and spot-on high voice harmonies: he is a true and vibrant multi-faceted presence.
Perhaps this is a final resting spot when the band of Garcia, Lesh, Weir, Kreutzman, Hart and Welnick had reached ensemble, and, if such a place ever existed, Estimated Prophet extracts and draws that very confluence. Cannot remember when I've ever heard such an unleashing of guitars attacked so vociferously by Vince's relentless chords of color. Tremendous, tremendous, tremendous, et al, awe-inspiring! Such a joyful noise!
All great from start to finish. First set, second set, drum solo, space, jam, resolve, encore(s).
Run don't walk to listen to this mind-blowing masterpiece of propriety and good taste.
No, this show was not all that one could ask or think. It was above and beyond all that one could ask or think.
Subject: Not up to previous year
The 2nd set is not as inspired as 1 year before, with Marsalis joining. Strange repeat of NFA> Eyes/ Other 1 Rat... 91 and 92. But the intro to NFA and Eyes are good and do have some unusual percussion. The rest of the band is pretty choppy throughout I thought though. It's a decent show but I'll always grab the previous year for this song selection.
I had a party for this that should have never happened!
Subject: It was a miracle
After traveling 3000 miles from Philly I scored my ticket in the parkinglot of the"Easy 8" motel three days before the show and was able to get excited for three days. Not Fade Away at midnight was simply a mindblower with a transition into Eyes that was epic. One of my fondest memories.
Subject: Cool new years
Not as great as years past but good
Subject: X-men Set?
Loved the x-men set with Branford and Eubanks etc.. anywhere to get that? BT?
Subject: Not Bad
I stayed up in NYC listening to this show. At the time I did not find it all that great, but in hindsight there are some real nice characteristics to it.
For one, Phil's bass had the tone i love from him, he stepped it up nicely (listen to Bucket). In latter years he seemed to blend in too much and not stand out as much.
Drums in NFA is unique, they play a different way and it leads into Eyes beautifully. I love the drums on this!
Otherwise, not a bad way to spend 2 hrs listening to music.
Subject: sad night
For me the best part of this show was the montage of Bill Graham countdowns shown on the screen behind stage right before midnight. Overall Playing was OK. some good moments, but just not close to the high bar expected on New Years...gets a 2 for that reason
Subject: good new years
Most people hate this new years (musically- not for the loss of Graham) good to see others appreciate it. I find the set list great and the playing at a very high level. Love the first set and the Estimated>jam as decribed by others is fantastic. Best Sugar mag post Hornsby. Give it a whirl before nay-sayers get to you.
the Captain -
Subject: what a new years
I remember listening to this show on KOPN 89.5 fm in Columbia MO as part of the nationwide fm broadcast. What a show! I was taping this show on old TDK SA-90 tapes right off the fm.
The jam out of Estimated is absolutely killer with vocal weirdness from olatunji and the sugar mag and heaven's door were just the perfect ending to the NYE tradition.
Subject: Last time for Bill
This was the last new years show.They retired the traditiond with Sugar Magnolia then Heavens Door,both for Bill. The last two songs are great for a historical filler.